Last Surviving Witness Of Hitler’s Final Days, Dead At 96
He was Hitler’s bodyguard and the last living witness to the demise of one of the worst men this world has ever known.
“Hitler was sitting at the table, slumped forward, and Eva Braun was lying next to him. I saw that with my own eyes,” Rochus Misch told AFP.
“He wasn’t a monster, he wasn’t an Uebermensch, he stood opposite me like a perfectly normal gentleman, and spoke kind words.”
His book “The Last Witness” is due out in english next year.
Adolf Hitler’s personal bodyguard, who was the last surviving witness of the Nazi dictator’s final days in the bunker towards the end of World War II, has died, his agent said Friday.
Rochus Misch died aged 96 in Berlin on Thursday after failing to recover from a heart attack, Michael Stehle, who owns the rights to a book written by Misch, told AFP.
Misch was among those who joined the Nazi leader in his bunker where Hitler eventually committed suicide days before Germany’s surrender.
In a 2005 interview with AFP, Misch described how he had seen the Nazi leader and his wife Eva Braun dead in their bunker deep under the shattered city of Berlin.
“Hitler was sitting at the table, slumped forward, and Eva Braun was lying next to him. I saw that with my own eyes,” Misch told AFP.
Two days later, Misch, then aged 27, fled the bunker, where he had worked as a telephone operator, on May 2, 1945 as Soviet troops stormed the chancellery in Berlin.
He was taken prisoner by Soviet forces and held captive until 1953.
His 2008 book “The Last Witness” (“Der Letzte Zeuge”) made it onto the bestseller list and brought Misch much attention.
An English translation is due to be published next month, Stehle said.